After months of training and planning, it’s hard to believe that race week is finally here! Whether you are running the 5k, relay, half or full marathon, having all the race week/day details is key to having a good experience. With that in mind, here’s what’s new for the 2013 edition of the Baltimore Running Festival:
The Expo: The expo has been moved to the Convention Center for the second time in history. There is free, nearby parking in lots F, G, and H at Ravens stadium. Expo hours are Thursday, Oct. 10 from noon to 8 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 11 from noon to 9 p.m. You must bring your e-card with you (you will receive this tomorrow, Oct. 8 via e-mail) and pick up your number and packet at the expo. If you do not receive your e-registration on Oct. 8, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive an auto reply with your options. There is NO race-day pick up. The expo is also a killer location to stock up on any running gear or needs you might have. All the details can be found here.
Parking: Your best bet is to use light rail if you can to avoid the heavy traffic heading into the city. Take a “dry run” on the trains when you come down for the expo so that you know exactly what to expect. If you are driving, plan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to the race start time (this includes half marathoners) to allow enough time for parking, bag check, using the port-a-potties/bathrooms, and finding the start line.
New marathon course: You spoke and CSE listened. The finishing chute has been extended this year to better process runners after they finish the big event. As such, the finish line will be on the north side of 395/MLK Blvd. overpass. You’ll find multiple lanes open as you exit the finish to get you to the medals and food faster than ever. The course will not include the zoo this year, as the new penguin exhibit is under construction.
5k medals: For the first time, all runners finishing the 5k will get a finisher’s medal.
Bibs: All runner bibs will have a QR code on them this year. What’s cool about this feature is that you can scan the code immediately upon finishing and get real-time results.
Security: Like many marathons around the country this year, the Baltimore Running Festival will feature new security features. Runners wishing to utilize bag-check services on race day must use a clear bag–these will be issued at the expo, making it easy and convenient to comply. If you do use bag check, please arrive at least 90 minutes prior to the start of your particular race. Also expect to see added security checkpoints and and around the finish line area.
So that’s it in a nutshell. What questions do you have about race-day/race-week logistics?
Stay tuned on Wednesday, when we’ll have all the expo details you’ll need!